Foster & Adoption

Make a Difference in a Child’s Life

Fostering in Ashland County

We are experiencing an unprecedented time in our need for caring foster parents. An epidemic of issues has brought a growing number of children into the custody of ACDJFS—children who deserve safe and loving homes. We are looking for people who have a heart and a mission to serve and provide for our community, one child at a time.

When you choose to foster a child, you are a partner in the reunification process. Together, we work toward the goal to provide a permanent, healthy home solution for each child.

Local Foster Parent Training

Adoption in Ashland County

On any given day in Ohio, thousands of children are waiting for adoptive families. If you’re interested in providing a forever home for a child in need, Ashland County Job and Family Services is here to help you navigate the system and understand the necessary steps to open your home to a child.

Visit the Ohio Adoption  for more information about adoption in Ohio.


Ashland County Foster Parent Application

Where to Begin

Reach Out

If you’re interested in fostering or adoption, the first step is to start the conversation. We know you may have questions about fostering or adoption. We’ll address those questions and provide you with the next steps to go down that path. Call (419) 282-5000 or send us an email by clicking the button below.

Contact Us


Once we’ve talked and you’ve made a decision to foster, you will need to participate in pre-service training prior to becoming certified. You will then need to complete an application for child placement. We're here to help every step of the way.

Regional Foster Parent Training

Ongoing Support

Once you’re certified, you will be able to access the Secure Foster Care Portal.

Portal Access 

15 West 4th Street
Ashland, OH 44805

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Main Line: (419) 282-5000
Toll Free: (800) 589-8141 
Fax: (419) 282-5010 

Report Suspected Abuse
(419) 282-5001
TDD for Hearing/Speech Impaired
(419) 282-5002 

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